Going Mutts!

Dogs are some of the happiest animals on earth, but it’s a lot of fun for them when they get to play with others too. There are a lot of perks to having more than one pet in the house. Here are just some of the reasons why having multiple dogs in your house can be healthy.

  1. Dogs love to socialize. It doesn’t matter who it is with; they just love being around others. Especially if you have a job or go to class most of the day, having multiple dogs back home will help keep each other company.
  2. Dogs love exercise. We can teach them tricks or take them on walks, but nothing compares to the playful experience they’ll get while being with another dog outside. All types of dogs need exercise, but the age and size can depend on how much. If you want your dogs to play together a lot, it’s best to get ones that are around the same age and size.
  3. The second or third dog is much easier to train if you have already trained the first. It’s kind of like the “follow the leader” effect. If one dog sees another one peeing outside, it will be more inclined to do so. If one dog barks when the doorbell rings and runs up to the door, the second will be sure to follow. Many behavior patterns are developed from watching the dogs around them, which means less work for you when it comes to training. Phew.
  4. Having many dogs in one house can help relieve/control emotions of the dogs. If a dog is suffering from depression, having another dog near to it can help alleviate that. Dogs will cuddle with each other to help them feel more content and part of a pack.

These are just some of the reasons why many households have multiple dogs. When I thought about writing this post, I wanted to get some personal opinions from someone I know that has three dogs. Her name is Alissa. You might recognize her story about her dog, Coop, from my Instagram post a couple weeks ago. Check out how she likes to keep her dogs playful and having fun with each other in between her classes. Meet Alex, Ellie, and the already famous Coop.

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If you’re contemplating adopting another dog after you already have one or two or three, go for it. Just like you and me, dogs love to have friends. As you can see Alex, Coop, and Ellie love playing together and with Alissa.


Permanent Va-cat-ion

Adopting a pet while living on campus is something a lot of college students do to have a companion when they’re alone or just as another friendly, drooling face to have around the house. Some college students even bring their pets from home to college with them because who would want to leave that cute, furry face alone all year when you’re away? But there are some students who don’t have the pleasure of bringing their pet from home with them to college. Those are the international students. After doing some research, I discovered that most international students do not have pets while being in college. Why is this? Well, international students have to leave to go back to their country a lot and can’t always take animals with them. This leaves the animal homeless for long amounts of time (unless they find someone to take care of it). Most students are also very busy and a lot of the time, we can’t find the time to give a pet the attention it deserves.

After reading many stories about international students adopting pets, I realized most of them have pets at home that they can’t bring to college with them. I was talking to my classmate Xiangxiang (Jade) Luo, an international student from China, about her experience with pets in the U.S.

“I actually have to pets at home, a Tabby cat and a hamster,” said Luo. “I have pets back in China, but I couldn’t bring them with me to college, but I really love animals. I knew as soon as I got here I wanted to adopt more animals.”

I was curious how she went about doing this since she told me she adopted them almost immediately when she got here.


“The last owner of the Tabby had to move back to China and her brother in allergic to cat fur so she could not take the cat back with her,” Luo explained. “She was my friend, so I adopted him and now he lives in a house of four so there is always someone to take care of him.”

I was curious if this experience was similar to any of my other international friends, so I sat down and talked to my friend and sorority sister, Fasia Faley, an international student from England.

“I have a little puppy I had to leave at home when I came to Purdue,” she said. “It was the hardest thing I had to do when coming here.”

I asked her if she considered adopting another pet while she was here.

“I live in the dorms and there are no pets allowed in them, which really stinks,” Faley said. “In London you are allowed to have pets in the dorms. I definitely would have brought my dog here with me if we were allowed.”

If they are allowed to have pets in European school dorms, then why can’t we have them here?

Talking to my friends really enlightened me about why international students choose to have pets. If I were in a foreign country and didn’t know anyone, I probably would adopt a pet too. So maybe the next time you leave college for the summer, try to find an international student who might still be taking classes and ask if they would like to foster your pet for a couple months. It’s hard to say no to a cute furry face.

Fur-well to the Shelter

Hey everyone, I’m back. After such a relaxing week, I’m fully energized and ready to bring you some of the most informative posts about animal adoption. I didn’t go on spring break with friends; I went with family. That meant a lot of the activities we did were meant for families and, well, old people. Being around a lot of happy elderly people got me thinking about elderly animals too. They deserve to be happy and carefree and have a great home. Therefore today’s post is dedicated to the old guys, the old timers, the senior citizens, and the geezers.

Those old dogs are less likely to get adopted, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t the best type of pet for you.

When adopting a senior dog from a shelter, there are some baby steps you need to take first. Dogs are used to spending most of their time in cages and not getting much sleep. The best thing to do is give your dog a nice warm, soft bed. Chances are he/she will sleep for hours. It’s best to try to get them to eat and drink. Always places a water bowl behind him.

One issue with older dogs is that they are more likely to have health problems. A common problem is hypothyroidism, which can be treated with inexpensive medicine. Dogs can also develop arthritis, which can be treated with medication and exercise and a healthy diet.

But even though there are some cons to adopting an older dog, a lot of people say they are the best type of dog to adopt. Why?

You’re giving him/her the best chance at a better life, even if it won’t be that long. You are a hero to that dog. Many people actually say that animals know when they are saved and you can tell by their actions and loyalty to you. You are literally saving the dog’s life.

Older dogs are already trained. That is a whole lot of work you don’t have to worry about doing. They know to go potty outside and not chew on your favorite pair of shoes. What more could you ask for?

They are less demanding. They don’t require the constant attention a puppy does, but that doesn’t mean you should just ignore them. Older dogs want to feel loved and cared for. They might nap more than a younger dog, but that’s great because it means you don’t have to monitor them as much. If there are children in your life, older dogs are great for kids. They won’t jump or bark or act crazy around kids. Bringing an older dog around is a good way to get children familiar with an animal without being too scared.

You never know why an older dog is in a shelter. It’s usually not even because they were a “problem dog.” Common reasons for older dogs being put into shelters are allergies, new baby, moving, loss of a job, a change in work schedule, etc.

Don’t assume the worst when seeing an old dog in a shelter. They need your help too. And adopting a senior dog could be the best decision you have ever made.


Spring Bark Ideas

It’s finally March and that means it’s time for spring break! Next week I will be traveling with my family to Pittsburgh to sign on an apartment for after I graduate. Because I will be so busy searching for a new home, I won’t be able to post anything. But don’t worry…when I come back, I’ll have so much more information to tell you about.

Are you going to be leaving for spring break too? Do you have a cat that just tears your heart out to leave behind? Well at All Cats Boarding, Grooming and Pet Supplies, you can feel comfortable about leaving your feline friend for a week. They will treat your cat like it is their own. They even just remodeled their living conditions to create luxury “cat condos.” The play center is also the number one hang out area for all of the cats. And get this…it’s only $20 a day per cat. Sounds perfect right? While you’re relaxing on the beach, your cat could be living his/her own pet-cation.

Even though I’ll be gone for a week, I don’t want you to feel bored without me. I have some great ways you can help out in the community while hanging out with some pretty cool pets.

You may have seen this mentioned in a previous post, but I think it’s totally cool. Loving Heart Animal Shelter is hosting an 80’s party on Saturday, March 11 from 7:30-11 P.M. at Carnahan Hall in Lafayette. Tickets are just $20, but you have to be 21+. The proceeds go to the shelter to help make the pets’ stay a little bit more comfortable. I definitely recommend going.

Is your new pup in need for a personal day? Take him/her over to your local PetSmart  to get them groomed or even sign them up for a dog training class. If your dog loves being around others, consider signing him/her up for Doggie Day Camp. For a full day of play, it’s just $16. Your pup will love it.

If you love walking dogs and are in the mood to volunteer, head on over to Natalie’s Second Chance Dog Shelter. It is a great experience and good bonding time with the pets. I did this a few weeks ago and had a blast. They give you free reign to walk the dog wherever you want as long as you have it back in a reasonable amount of time. Definitely the best way to spend a laid back day.

Almost Home Humane Society has a cool opportunity for those of you who would just like to have a companion for a week. It’s foster care. Pets that are recovering from injury, illness, or just need a break from the facility are eligible to be put up for foster care. If this sounds interesting to you, email Liz@almosthomehumane.org.

If any of these ideas sound appealing to you, don’t be afraid to do them. Animals in shelters need your help and what a great time to give back when you don’t have to worry about school. Think about it and when I come back, let me know if you decided to participate in any of these programs.

Have a good spring break everyone!

Making a Dif-fur-ence

I was curious to see if Purdue had any ties to animal adoption in the area, and while I was looking it up, I came across this program called Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program. Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine (PVM) established this program through a gift given by Maddie’s Fund. Maddie’s Fund helps to create a no-kill nation where healthy and treatable dogs and cats at shelters are guaranteed a good home. The founders of the foundation had a dog named Maddie whom they saved and inspired them to give back to other shelters.

In July 2008 Maddie’s Fund awarded the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue $1.1 million to develop Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program. This program focuses on three major areas: education and training, research and dissemination of information on shelter medicine. PVM has partnered with the Humane Society of Indianapolis  and PAWS Chicago.

The mission of this program is really cool:

-Work toward ending pet homelessness in the U.S. by looking at its causes on the community and developing cost-effective methods of population control

-Improve the quality of life in pets living in shelters through humane research

-Educate and train veterinary professionals in shelter medicine, animal behavior and companion animal welfare

-Foster a better understanding of the human-animal bond among pet owners, community leaders, and the public and develop programs to strengthen this bond.

Information collected by this research program is presented at national, regional, and local meetings for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other interested in the subject. Every year at the Purdue Fall Conference held in late September, there is a one-day Shelter Medicine Track. If you are a DVM or Vet Tech student, you should consider taking the 15-lecture course in Shelter Animal Medicine, the centerpiece of the program.

If you are in the College of Veterinary Medicine, there are many opportunities for you to get involved in this program, ranging from student shelter experiences to a 12-week summer research program. If you live in the Indianapolis or Chicago area, consider volunteering at one of their partner shelters. This would be a great way to get involved.

This is a great program at Purdue, and I’m glad I found out about it. It makes me feel great to know I go to a university that cares as much about helping shelter animals as I do.

Winnie the Poodle, Cindy Clawford, & more

For many of you, the hardest decision when getting getting a new pet is figuring out what to name him/her. I had the same problem when trying to name my dog Prophet. When my family got him, I was determined to name him Princess. (I was only six at the time, so it just seemed fitting). My parents decided on Prophet because I live very near to Prophetstown and where the Battle of Tippecanoe was fought and my family is from Native American decent.

Not every name has to have special meaning behind it like Prophet’s name does. If you are struggling to find the perfect name for your new pet, it doesn’t have to be hard. Here is a list of the 20 most popular dog and cat names for males and females:

Dogs (male)                                                                             Dogs (female)

  1. Bailey                                                                                  1. Bella
  2. Max                                                                                      2. Lucy
  3. Charlie                                                                                3. Molly
  4. Buddy                                                                                  4. Daisy
  5. Rocky                                                                                   5. Maggie
  6. Jake                                                                                      6. Sophie
  7. Jack                                                                                      7. Sadie
  8. Toby                                                                                     8. Chloe
  9. Cody                                                                                     9. Bailey
  10. Buster                                                                                10. Lola

Cats (male)                                                                             Cats (female)

  1. Oliver                                                                                  1. Luna
  2. Leo                                                                                      2. Chloe
  3. Charlie                                                                               3. Bella
  4. Milo                                                                                    4. Lucy
  5. Max                                                                                     5. Lily
  6. Jack                                                                                     6. Sophie
  7. George                                                                               7. Lola
  8. Simon                                                                                8. Zoe
  9. Loki                                                                                    9. Cleo
  10. Simba                                                                              10. Nala

These are just some of the most popular names from the past year. As you can see, a lot of them are repeated between breeds. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, American Kennel Club and PetPlace.com have lists of the most unique and uncommon names for your pet. Haha one of the names I found was Bungee Cord. I’m not sure if I would ever name one of my pet’s that, but it is definitely a name that I won’t forget.

Let me know your favorite pet names. There are a million out there, and I’d love to see which names are the most popular from all your pets.

Also, a side note…I will be live tweeting at the Strike Out Suffering bowling event put on by Almost Home Humane Society at 4 P.M. on Saturday, March 4. If you are interesting to see what the event is like, follow my Twitter @s_riddda5.

The Bachelor: Dog Version

If anyone knows about the show The Bachelor , I would like your opinion if the show is better with an attractive man as the bachelor or a handsome pup.

Yep that’s right. I just read a Huffington Post article about The Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society  producing a hilarious video parody video to show what the famous ABC show would be like if it were about pet adoption, not finding a husband.

I am personally a huge Bachelor fan, so when I heard about this, I immediately had to watch it. I died laughing. Two girls are one a two-on-one date with Stewart, a dog at the shelter.

The drama of one girl being “rough around the edges” and the other being “a 100% cat person” makes it even more realistic to girls gossiping on “The Bachelor.”

Even though we don’t find out who gets the rose and contrary to what the other girls think, I hope Psara gets the rose because if Maya is a cat person, she wouldn’t blend well with a dog like Stewart.

Who do you think Stewart should pick? If you think Stewart is the perfect match for you and you’re in the Santa Fe area, check out the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. There are plenty more bachelors there waiting to find true love too.

The Petential to Win

Okay Purdue fans, listen up. Nobody likes losing to IU in sports right? Well let’s not lose to them in anything else either. Loving Heart Animal Shelter  in Lafayette is in a competition against Monroe County Humane Association in Bloomington to see who can raise the most money for their shelter between the dates of February 9-28. That means there’s only about a week left to raise money. The fundraiser will be over the second the buzzer sounds at the end of the basketball game on the 28th. Here’s all the information you need to know in order to beat the Hoosiers:

~All the money raised will go to the medical expenses at LHAS.

~You can donate by stopping in at the shelter at 512 Veterans Memorial Parkway East OR online   by clicking the button that says “donate” at the bottom of the page.

~Donation jars are also available at these other businesses around town: Sassy Fitness Studio , The Hairspa, Paw Prints Animal Hospital, Bob Rohrman Subaru, and so many more.

The best part about the competition…the losing shelter has to wear the opposing team’s apparel for the full day after the game (including the pets). Let’s not have that be us.


This year’s ambassador for the competition, Isaac, looks so good in Purdue gear, so let’s not make him take it off.

Let’s win this for the pets! Boiler Up, Hoosier Down.

I’ll make sure to keep you posted on the winner after the competition ends.

Catvertising at its Finest

An animal shelter in Virginia took a different approach to helping their cats get adopted last week. In honor of Homeless Animal Awareness Week, the shelter took some retro glamour photos of the cats in hopes to boost their chance at getting adopted. Chesapeake Humane Society  has already had at least one cat adopted because of these sassy photos. Each cat was priced at only $14 last week, and they plan to do more events like this in the future to help create awareness for the animals in the shelter.

“The inspiration for the photos was family photos gone wrong,” said Grulke, the executive director of the shelter. “We really did it for fun.”

Well I think the photos were a great idea. They are absolutely hilarious. I am hoping this inspires some of the shelters in Lafayette to do something similar in the future. If this makes you realize how much you’ve been dying to have a pet cat, head down to My New Cat Rescue and take a look at the little guys they have there. (I just visited and trust me, it’s worth it to at least hang out with them.)

Here is the whole story of the Chesapeake Animal Shelter for those who have time to read it. If you don’t, don’t be afraid to check out some of the clever photos.